Like some of us have been saying for years about government data. It's manipulated. The formula used to calculate inflation has been changed over 20 times since 1978. Just consider the fact that the rate does not include such items as food and energy. Um, yeah, only the two very things the average person uses the most of, and can't live without. So, how's your ipad taste? I like mine with fresh ground pepper, and a hint of lemon. Inflation Is Too Low? Are You Kidding Us Bernanke? Michael Snyder - The Economic Collapse blog Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said this week that inflation in the United States needs to be higher. Yes, he actually came right out and said that. It almost seems as if Bernanke is trying to purposely hurt the middle class. On Wednesday, Bernanke told the press that "both sides of our mandate are saying we need to be more accommodative". Of course he was referring to the Fed's dual mandate to keep unemployment and inflation low, but Bernanke has a very unique interpretation of that mandate. According to Bernanke, inflation in the U.S. is now "too low". The official inflation rate is currently sitting at about 1 percent, and Bernanke insists that such a low rate of inflation is not good for the economy. He would prefer that the rate of inflation be up around 2 percent, and he is hoping that more "monetary accommodation" will help push inflation up and the unemployment rate down. But what Bernanke will never admit is that the official inflation rate is a total sham. The way that inflation is calculated has changed more than 20 times since 1978, and each time it has been changed the goal has been to make it appear to be lower than it actually is. If the rate of inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1980, it would be about 8 percent right now and everyone would be screaming about the fact that inflation is way too high. Inflation Is Too Low? Are You Kidding Us Bernanke?